Villa Eikenhorst is the residence of King Willem-Alexander, Queen Máxima and their children, Princess Amalia, Princess Alexia and Princess Ariane. Villa Eikenhorst is situated at the forested De Horsten estate in Wassenaar.
De Horsten Estate
The horsts of Wassenaar were originally three raised barrier beaches that were acquired by Prince Frederick, halfway through the 19th century. Ever since, the area has been part of the Dutch Royal Family's holdings. The three estates Raaphorst, Ter Horst and Eikenhorst together now form De Horsten Estate.
One of the best-known buildings on De Horsten Estate is De Paauw palace, Wassenaar’s city hall.
When driving on the N44 trunk road from Wassenaar to The Hague, you will see this building on the right-hand side as soon as you drive on Rijksstraatweg. Starting in The Hague, go on a 30-minute bicycle ride to Wassenaar and then from here follow the 5-kilometre estates route (landgoederenroute) past the most beautiful villas, estates and forested areas of De Horsten Estate.
Walking in De Horsten
Villa De Eikenhorst is not open to the public, but you can walk near it. De Horsten Estate is a magnificently forested area, attracting many walkers. There are many trails, varying in distance from 1 to 7.5 km. Several of them are also wheelchair-accessible.
Conclude your walk with a cup of Jägertee and freshly baked pie in the Tea pavilion De Horsten. The tearoom is open Wednesdays through Sundays from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm. A car park can be found at Papeweg.